Ben is right in his reply - my design is not serpentine like you've drawn. The flow of air is across each shelf and then exits. There is a plenum that acts as a manifold for distributing the air across the shelves. By using existing…"
"Based on the description Clay posted to google docs, my understanding is that the airflow is all one-directional. It goes from the air cooler to the plenum, over and under the molds, and then out the other side.
So, Clay's design does not go…"
"I saw this on the DIY tab & then searched for it. This is a Wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing Clay. I think I can picture this in my mind, but want to confirm.
Is the layout of the shelving is staggered like a water jacketed…"
The cooling cycles on and off which does cause fluctuations in temperature that may or may not be meaningful.
More to my liking is that the TrippLite unit filters and dehumidifies the air -- before blowing it on sensitive electronic…"
"Thanks Clay. This is very similar to my existing cooling cabinet, but I just use a window A/C unit to cool and a double fan to better circulate the air. It works pretty well, but as you mention in the document, the A/C cycles on and off, so the…"
"Okay - Here's the link to the description of the Static Cooling Tunnel (Google Docs).
All I ask is that if you build one, send me comments about how to improve on it and photos of your finished unit so I can share them."
"I use a wine refrigerator and have no problem with condensation. Before I put the trays into the refrigerator my moulds are put onto a wire rack and immediate cooling is with a hurricane fan. Nothing fancier than that. This ensures that heat is…"
Most of the parts are metal or plastic that's food safe. If you use wood, you can paint it with food-contact safe paint. The one that's been built was made of wood and that's all the local health inspector asked for.
So - it…"
"Thanks Clay. That sounds interesting. We have a very "picky" Health Dept where I live. Any feedback from the builders about the Health Inspectors? I'm not extremely handy but I do learn very quickly and am game…"
Are you handy?
I have a design for what I call a "static cooling tunnel." A ChocolateLife member has already made one and he finds that it really works well. Another ChocolateLife member will be building one in the next couple of…"
"Hello Clay. I'm in the same boat: just starting / low budget constraints. I keep hearing of folks using Wine Cooler Cabinets that have temperature controls form 50 - 60 degrees. What are your thoughts on using a wine cooler as…"
When chocolate cools it gives up its heat - this is called the latent heat of crystallization.
Removing the heat i not just about the temperature of the environment it's also about airflow.
The reason devices like the Irinox exist is that…"
"If you put the chocolate in the freezer for 10 mins will that do it or even a fridge? Or is that too much moisture added? It's hard for me to believe folks need to pay up to $80k for a modified fridge. Has anyone tried a wine…"
Creating my first candy bar with nougat, caramel, almonds, then covering in milk and dark chocolate. Made them for family and friends to try. Which led to my interests in chocolate and various mixtures.
My favorite chocolate is:
mixed with candies and nuts
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